TB case confirmed in Vermont school worker

The Vermont Department of Health said last week that it recently diagnosed a school employee with tuberculosis.

The individual worked at Charlotte Central School in Charlotte and at Freedom Rains Children’s Center in Colchester.

The department said there is no ongoing risk of disease, and that no special precautions need to be taken at the school or children’s center.

Health Department staff have been working with the school and the center to follow up with children and adults who were in close contact with the infected worker. Parents and area health care providers were notified of the diagnosis recently and were given information about TB, including testing information. The Health Department will be conducting skin-testing clinics at the school and children’s center.

TB, an infectious bacterial disease that usually affects the lungs, can be spread through the air when an infected individual with TB coughs or sneezes, and it can be treated with antibiotics. TB, however, does not spread as easily as measles, whooping cough or influenza and cannot be spread by shaking hands, sharing food or drink, kissing or touching surfaces that the infected person has touched. In addition, no special cleaning protocols are required.

The Vermont Health Department has investigated and supervised the treatment of 73 TB patients since 2003.

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